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Sunderland RCA 0 West Auckland 1 (AET)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 7 January 2019
Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Luke Page in acrobatic action during the first half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA crashed out of the FA Vase fourth round, after a last minute goal in extra time gave West Auckland the win and progression in the tournament.

Both sides battled throughout the 120 minutes of action, but ultimately a Lewis Dodds tap-in was the difference between the Northern League teams.

RCA had chances throughout to take the lead with Michael Charlton having the best opportunity mid-way through the first half hitting the post when one on one, after a clever flick from Nathan O'Neill played him in.

Equally, Scott Pocklinton was called into action a number of times saving well with his feet early on and tipped a looping cross away from goal later in the half. 

Ashington 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 23 December 2018
Saturday, 22 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hodgson breaks up an Ashington attack during the second half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA made the trip to Woodhorn Lane to play an Ashington AFC team whose luck in recent months seems to have deserted them.
 
It was nice to meet up with Ex RCA player Wayne Buchanan who was returning after suffering a broken leg on the first day of the season.
 
Injuries continue to restrict the Management team with key players sidelined and so it was that they made two changes to the team that started on Wednesday in the Durham Challenge Cup with Lilley replacing Hodgson and Moan coming in for Page.
 
The teams lined up as follows:
Ashington AFC: Grant, McAndrew, Hutchinson, Henderson, Caygill, Vipond, Cunningham, Ross, Atkinson, Edwards, Butler Subs: Bowey, Buchanan, Smith, Bell, Hanson.

Sunderland RCA FC: Pocklington, Jury, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury, Moan, Charlton, O’Neill, Larkin, Davis, McAloon Subs: Page, Tsapolos, Hodgson, Croft, Howard.

Sunderland RCA 3 West Auckland Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA Challenge Cup

Double scorer Colin Larkin in action during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

West Auckland's match report is here

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

Sunderland RCA entertained West Auckland Town in the Durham Challenge Cup second round. Given the weather conditions and the fact that this was the third home game in 6 days, it was a testament to the dedication of a few ground staff that this match was able to go ahead.

By a strange quirk of fate the next three home matches are against the same opponents, West Auckland Town, so this was being billed as a dress rehearsal for the FA Vase due to be played on 5 January 2019.

RCA made two changes in the line up from Saturday’s win against RCW in came Pocklington and Jury replacing Tsapalos and Elliott. C Davis who was due to play was injured in the warm up and replaced by Jury.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA FC: Pocklington, Jury, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury (c), Page, Charlton, O’Neill, Davis, Larkin, McAloon. Subs: Lilley, Tsapalos, Moan, Croft.

West Auckland Town FC: Bland, Hegarty, Price, Colquhoun, Hunter, Portas (c), Xydias (Morris, 79′), Francis, Wearmouth (Burnicle, 65′), Purewal, Mitchell. Subs: Cobain, Morris, Bradley, Burnicle, Morris.

Sunderland RCA 4 Ryhope CW 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 December 2018
Saturday, 15 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dominic Moan whips in a free-kick during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

For Ryhope CW's match report please click here.

The RCA management team were forced to make three changes to the team that lost to Stockton Town in the League Cup on Wednesday. Larkin replaced the injured Preston, O’Neill came in for C.Davis and McAloon came in for Howard who was unavailable due to sickness. The team reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos, Larkin, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury (c), Page, Charlton, Elliott, O’Neill, Kyle Davis, McAloon. Subs: Moan, Pocklington, Clayton Davis, Lilley, Davison.

Ryhope CW: Atkinson, King, Walker, Lay, Riding (c), Trewick, Bird, Kane, Rae, Weirs, Devlin. Subs: Wallace, Nicholson, Ball, Ellis, Cocks.

Sunderland RCA 0 Stockton Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 December 2018
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Clayton Davis in action during the first half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Both managers made changes from the starting eleven from Sataurday, for RCA in came Clayton Davis, McNab,Swansbury and Page. While Stockton brought in Moody and Cossavella.

RCA also made a change to their formation with the management team deciding that a 3-5-2 formation would best counter the midfield threat of Stockton.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA FC: Tsapalos, Hodgson, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Page, C Davis, Elliott, K Davis, Charlton and Howard: Subs: McAloon, Jury, Croft, Larkin and Davison.

 

Stockton Town FC: Moody, Bulmer, Nicholson ©, Mulligan, Robinson, Cossavella, Woodhouse, Craggs, Roberts, Coleman and Risborough. Subs: Hayes, Garbutt, Stockton, Ward, Arthur.

Stockton Town 4 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 December 2018
Saturday, 8 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


Goalscorers:
Stockton Town: Roberts, Mulligan, Nicholson and Woodhouse. 
Sunderland RCA: Elliott (pen) and Charlton

Sunderland RCA travelled to last season's FA Vase finalists Stockton Town in the EBAC Northern League clash.

Martin Swales and his management team were forced to make wholesale changes to the starting eleven due to injuries suspensions and player availability. Into the team came Armstrong, Lilley, Elliott, Kyle Davis and Tomas Howard who was making his debut after signing on work experience from Sunderland AFC in midweek.
 
The teams lined up as follows: 
Stockton Town:  Arthur; Robinson, Coulthard , Nicholson(c); Bulmer, Craggs, N Mulligan, Woodhouse, Risbrough; Roberts, Coleman.
Subs: Cossavella, Garbutt, Ward, Mohammed, Hayes.
Sunderland RCA:  Tsapalos; Armstrong (McAloon 66'), Preston(c), Elliott, Howard; Lilley (79'), Hodgson, Moan; Charlton, O'Neill, Davis.
Subs: Larkin Pocklington, McAloon, McNab, Davis.

Shildon 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 December 2018
Saturday, 1 December 2018 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase
Kyle Davis

Footballers in the mist. RCA winning goal scorer Kyle Davis causes problems for the Shildon defence.

Please click here for Simon Mears’ atmospheric photos from the match.

Martyn Tweddle’s photos are here.

Goalscorers:  Sunderland RCA:  Page, O'Neill and K. Davis  Shildon: Moore and Duell

Sunderland RCA travelled up to fellow EBAC Northern League team Shildon for this 3rd Round FA Vase match.

In recent years Shildon have been a bit of a bogie team for RCA who had not recorded a victory against them for almost five years.

For today’s match the RCA management team made two changes to the team that drew with Penrith last week, bringing in Clayton Davis for John Jury and Dominic Moan to replace Colin Larkin who was injured.

Penrith 0 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 25 November 2018
Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Mark Davison plays the ball down the line during the second half of the match.

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Goalscorers: Penrith FC: None. Sunderland RCA FC: None.

Sunderland RCA travelled to bottom of the table Penrith who had only collected two points in their 14 league matches to date.

One change was made to the team that drew with Guisborough town last week with Luke Page replacing Tom McAloon.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA 2 Guisborough Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 November 2018
Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

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Goal Scorers: Sunderland RCA FC: Davison; K Davis. Guisborough Town: OG; Roberts.

Sunderland RCA entertained an improving Guisborough Town in this Ebac Northern League match. The RCA management team made three changes to the side that won 6 – 1 in the Brooks Mileson League Cup at Crook on Wednesday. Ross McNab, John Jury and Craig Hodgson replaced Clayton Davis, Kyle Davis and Dylan Elliott. There was also a place on the bench for Luke Page who returned after a lengthy lay off.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos; Jury; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; O'Neill; Davison; Larkin; McAloon. Subs: Elliott; Page;Kyle Davis; Lilley; Kokoska.
Guisborough Town: Nixon, Snook, Ferguson, Bythway, Close, Guru, Roberts, Robinson, Hume, Lawson, Young. Subs: Crust, Marshall, McNeill, Seaton, Webster.

Crook Town 1 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 15 November 2018
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Michael Charlton scores RCA's second goal.

More photos from the match are here.

Goal scorers - Crook Town: Husband. Sunderland RCA: Davison (2); Charlton (2); Preston; own goal.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Crook Town this evening for a Second Round tie in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

RCA made three changes to the side that lost narrowly to North Shields on Saturday - Kyle Davis, Dylan Elliott and Thomas McAloon replaced Ross McNab, Dominic Moan and Craig Hodgson, with the evergreen and ever-versatile Colin Larkin slotting in at left-back.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Crook Town: Makepeace; Verity; Webster; Husband; Alex Wilson; Gaston (c); Peel; Hume; Caley; Joe Smith; Johnston. Subs: Hope; James Wilson; Jarvie; Dunwell; Tunstall.

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos; Clayton Davis; Larkin; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; O'Neill; Kyle Davis; Davison; McAloon. Subs: Hodgson; Kokoska; Jury; Lilley.

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